Scroll down for links to several Black Friday Ad sites! Plan ahead!
Next Thursday is Thanksgiving here in the U.S. and a quote on a church sign I pass everyday has really caught my eye. It says, "Thanksgiving should be a habit not a holiday." I think it can be a holiday AND a habit if we make it that way. Make a habit to thank God each day and thank at least one person each day, even if it is for something that may not seem like much.
On that same note, we should make a habit of just plain giving. Whenever you give, you also receive. You will be rewarded with something each time you give from the heart. Donate something, volunteer or do a good deed for someone and the good things you feel alone will be enough to make it addicting. You'll want to do it again and again.
No matter what your income level is, you have something to give. In tough times when money is tight, giving can often make you more thankful for the things you do have. Teaching your children to give is very important as well. Include your children in your giving habit and they will learn important lessons like compassion and charity. Those are gifts that will never be lost or forgotten.
1. Use your coupons and store loyalty programs to buy or get free items to donate to shelters and food pantries. Shelters are always in need of food, toiletries and linens. Don't forget our animal friends, too. You may not have any pets, but you can use those dog and cat food coupons combined with store sales to buy cheap food and treats to donate to a local animal shelter. Animal shelters also love to get blankets. You can even make small animal blankets from old clothes!
2. Mark three bags or boxes with, "give away", "throw away" and "put away". Go through one room and get rid of anything you don't LOVE or NEED. If it has sentimental value, but you are willing to get rid of it, take a picture of it first. You may really be blessing someone else by donating it. If you are ambitious, you can also mark another box with "sell". Put these items on eBay or in a garage sale and make a little money form your clutter. Get rid of clutter = gain more space!
3. Earn rewards to donate with programs like My Points. It is the best point-earning site I have found and I use it daily. You earn points by reading emails, searching the internet, buying on sites like eBay, answering questions and surveys and more. It really is that easy! Points can be redeemed for store gift cards OR you can donate your points to a charity!
4. Volunteer! Donate your time to a local group who may need a helping hand. Time doesn't cost a thing to donate and it is a much more personal way to get involved. You will form new friendships with people of similar interests and help someone out at the same time.
BLACK FRIDAY ADS HQ:
On a different note, take advantage of the Black Friday ads by viewing them early and planning your shopping strategy!
BradsDeals.com (Black Friday ads)
That's all for this week's edition of Nifty Thrifty Thursday. Now get out there and GIVE!
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HeyButler.com (Northeast Ohio)
RatherBeShopping.com coupon codes for online shopping and great frugal articles!
Zwaggle is a great online consignment shop.
Websquare offers many of the latest online coupons and deals from stores like Dell, Office Depot and 1-800-Flowers!
Bradsdeals.com is a site that is full of coupons, coupon codes and the latest deals on the web!
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